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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 26, 2016

The Great SSV Corwith Cramer Line Chase!

Shalagh Canning, B Watch, Boston College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

C Watch winning the Line Chase

Ship's Log

25° 56.8’ N x 065 ° 39.6’ W

Description of location
South Sargasso Sea


5.8 kts

Weather / Wind
Partly Cloudy Skies, NE Wind, 7-10kts

Souls on Board

Hello to all on land and greetings from the Southern Sargasso Sea! As we head into our second week here on the Cramer, we are all getting into our routines and keeping very busy with our work. We are working around the clock on our watches to take care of the Cramer as she carries us north while deploying our science gear and collecting samples for our research. Unfortunately, we have not seen a lot of Sargassum over the past few days…so we are crossing our fingers to find more soon! Come on Sargassum! Also, the wind has not exactly been in our favor as we try to head north to Bermuda. It has been switching between NW and NE, and because we are unable to sail directly into the wind, we have been motor sailing for about the last twelve hours. Nevertheless, our spirits are high and we had a very fun afternoon today on the ship!

Today was the day of the “Great Line Chase.” This is a competition between the three watches to identify all of the lines on the Cramer. Now, for those of you who don’t know, there are more than ninety lines, and over the past week we were tasked with memorizing them all! While this may seem like a daunting task, it is a vital skill for all of us as we live on the Cramer and handle her lines. Fortunately, it definitely became easier to learn them the more we worked with them and were able to see their functions. So, for the competition, we all lined up on the quarter deck by watch while our mates spread out around the decks. One at a time for each watch, we received a card with a line name on it. We then had to quickly get to that line and point it out to one of the mates who would confirm or deny our guess. There was no running allowed and our watchmates could only help us from the quarter deck by yelling if we were “hot” or “cold” in relation to the line. The race was pretty close, but C watch was victorious! It was a great time and overall, we all did an impressive job at getting to know the lines in such a short period of time.

In other news, we have sighted three other vessels in the past day or so. This is pretty exciting because previously, we had really only been able to report Sargassum, flying fish, and a number of sea birds since leaving Puerto Rico. I guess we are not the only ones out here after all…

Well, stay tuned for the next chapter coming soon!

Love to everyone back home, especially my mom, dad, Petey, and Phil. It’s incredible out here and I so wish I could share it with you.

- Shalagh


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Ethan alley on April 28, 2016

Hi kiddo. I hope you are having a blast. If you go to St. George’s, see if the biological station is still there. Love you. N.



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